A mother who gave birth to her first child in an airplane has been reunited with the first aiders who helped her give birth to the child safely.
Liliana Castaneda and her husband, Edgar Acevedo, were on a Delta Airlines flight en route to North Carolina from Mexico on November 14 when Castaneda began to have contractions.
Her water broke an hour inside the flight.
A nurse on board assisted Castaneda for more than three hours until the plane landed at Atlanta International Airport.
“He was like ‘Yes, the little girl is coming, it’s on its way.’ And he was like, ‘Do not try to push, because if you push more, the baby will come out.’
“So I kept those contractions for about three hours and 30 minutes on the way here,” Castaneda said in a video posted on social media Wednesday by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, which responded to a 911 call from Delta warning emergency authorities that Castaneda was in labor.
First aiders rushed to the airport, waiting for the plane to arrive at the gate.
“The plane came in very fast, faster than usual, so we knew there was an emergency, we knew people were nervous,” said Juanita Nash, one of the people who greeted the plane.
As soon as Nash and other first aiders were able to get into the plane, they found Castaneda in the back of the plane, lying on the floor.
‘Only pushed once’
After assessing the situation, the emergency personnel decided to give birth to the baby right there.
“I just pushed once and the little girl came out crying,” Castaneda said.
Baby Analia Acevedo Castaneda was born aboard the Delta Flight 1804, according to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.
“When she first gave birth, one of the stewardesses took to the microphone and she was able to say, ‘Hey, we have a baby girl,'” Nash said.
“It was a special occasion.”
Castaneda expected her baby to arrive on Dec. 23, “but she came out early,” the mother told WRAL, NBC’s subsidiary in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I was nervous at the same time and worried about her and the baby,” Acevedo, Analia’s father, told WRAL.
On Tuesday, the new parents met with Nash and other first-aiders attending Analia’s birth in Atlanta before the new family could return home to North Carolina for the holidays.
“Thank you to all the people who were on the plane, like EMS, the fire department, everyone who helped us,” Castaneda added.